CITY Center for Collaborative Learning is “an education nonprofit dedicated to designing, implementing, and advancing exemplary practices in teaching and learning that transform the lives of young people and their educators. We offer research-based professional development and community engagement experiences for teachers, educational leaders, community partners, schools, and district teams, including guided observations of demonstration learning environments, workshops, and coaching/consulting.”
These are exciting times for the school communities of PFFS-Downtown, PFFS-University, and City High School. Being an integral part of an organization like CITY Center, whose mission is to transform teaching and learning in Tucson and beyond, fulfills the original purpose of these small public schools. Each of these three schools was founded by public school teacher leaders who wanted to create innovative learning environments that would have a powerful impact on the larger public school community. Each of these schools has (from their inceptions) been providing professional development to other public educators. It is important to note that this was the ‘original’ vision behind the idea of forming public charter schools in America. However, our capacity as individual small schools to provide support to other public schools was limited by our size. Becoming demonstration sites/lab schools of CITY Center for Collaborative Learning (which now has the capacity to support other public schools at scale) fulfills the original intent of the founders of these small schools.
On July 1, 2016 the charters of the two Paulo Freire middle schools will be transferred to CITY Center and will join City High School as three unique, demonstration learning environments – integral to the work of CITY Center to provide support to the larger Tucson public school community. Stay tuned for the new CITY Center website that will be launched in the next few weeks. In the meantime, please remember that each of our schools is currently conducting their individual 2015 Tax Credit campaigns. Consider contributing today to one of these three innovative schools and know that your contribution will have an impact beyond these schools – an impact on the larger public school community. Support PFFS-Downtown, PFFS-University, or City High School.